Dec 16, 2016 maschu commented on Why You Should Give a Shit That a Neighborhood Group Just Won a Fight Against Backyard Cottages.
Most of those awful 'developers' you are afraid of are actually the homeowners themselves. Where owner occupancy isn't required, the sky hasn't fallen. Portland doesn't require it, and more than 2/3rd are still owner occupied.

The call to remove the occupancy requirement comes from people wanting to build one, like me, not traditional developers. It is a way better investment if I knew that I could retire somewhere warm and rent both for a consistent income stream.
Dec 15, 2016 maschu commented on Why You Should Give a Shit That a Neighborhood Group Just Won a Fight Against Backyard Cottages.
Backyard cottages don't have to be Capital 'A' affordable to be good for the city and the environment. These recommendations may have come out under the auspices of H.A.L.A. but it is more a way of creating small scale flexible housing alternatives in the Single Family Zones without freaking out homeowners like Kaplan. Apparently, no small increment of change in SFZs will proceed without neighborhood Chicken Littles crying. Not everyone is going to want to live in the Urban villages, but you don't get housing price options without housing options!
Aug 1, 2016 maschu commented on Guest Editorial: Density Done Right by Confronting Displacement.
And another point--$6000 per month for the new apartment has to be wrong. I could only find one apartment in the entire city at anywhere near that price--a super luxe downtown penthouse with 180 views of Elliot Bay and the Space Needle. Maybe half that amount at most?
Aug 1, 2016 maschu commented on Guest Editorial: Density Done Right by Confronting Displacement.
According to your data, the City of Seattle permitted the demolition of 6000 housing units across all zones including single family, not 6000 units of AFFORDABLE housing.

Now if you could compare lost affordable units, with new affordable units, you'd have an actual point.

According to the same data, I see 2024 multifamily units displaced by 14,395 new units. Isn't that the professed goal--the creation of additional units in multifamily zones to help dissipate the upward pressure on rental costs, without affecting single family zones?

Aug 2, 2015 maschu commented on Tom Cruise Running in Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation.
I am Tom Cruise's stunt runner. I'm sorry to say he doesn't do his own running, although he still does his own walking, unlike most of Hollywood. The magic of CGI.
Feb 18, 2015 maschu commented on Driving on the Viaduct While Imagining It Collapsing.
Sometimes, I worry that all my hand wringing is going to leave my skin chapped, but I am truly terrified of lotion.
Jun 10, 2014 maschu commented on The Walmart Man Who Would Be Alive Today If He Didn't Have a Concealed Weapon.
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
And the only thing that stops that good guy with a gun is a bad girl with a gun.
And the only thing that stops a bad girl with a gun is that same bad girl with that same gun.
Aug 23, 2013 maschu commented on Confessions of an Underwhelmed Reader.
Sorry she didn't deliver the Mormon church's knockout feminist blow? Maybe that isn't what the book is about, just what you wanted the book to be.
Jul 31, 2013 maschu commented on Nicole Hardy on Mormonism, Sex, and Feminism.
One quibble near the end of the article, and with Cienna: it is clear you're bitter that she got a book deal and the article is just a petty set up to rip her. Cienna should rethink what it means to be a writer.
Jul 12, 2013 maschu commented on Is West Seattle More Trouble Than It's Worth?.
West Seattle NIMBYs are more bark than bite. Look at all the new development, and realize that a few grumpy comments are having no effect. Relax.